if you asked me,

If you asked me….

If you asked me, I would tell you that I haven’t painted in ten weeks… Honestly the thought of it makes me feel tired and I love to paint when I’m inspired and full of passion/creativity. I know it’s a teeny dry spell… And I’m ok with that.

If you asked me, I would tell you that I’ve been thinking a lot lately about entitlement. It’s funny- It used to be a big struggle for me. And after years of trying to die to it…. I think it’s gone. 
I used to think I was entitled to certain kinds of friendships, 
certain kinds of relationships, 
a certain kind of marriage, 
to a certain life as a mother…. And I guess I’ve learned to just accept what people can give me/ to appreciate it- and be content and blessed by that. 
Anything extra now is just a cherry on top. 
Wow it takes so much pressure off relationships- it makes everything…. Better.

If you asked me I would tell you about how The Shine Project is this weekend and I am so incredibly excited.

I would tell you that aiden is rocking at potty training and that no matter what ainsleigh does everyday, she always smells like strawberries. 

If u asked, I would tell you… I’ve never seen a creative mind like Chris’, ever. 
Its unbelievable.

I would tell you a couple weeks ago we bought Aiden a birthday cake(he doesnt turn three until March 22) for a fun practice run! He LOVES when people sing happy birthday to him(more than the cake)- can you tell by the pics ;)!!

I would tell you we gave Aiden his early birthday present- a teepee and he is in love!

I would tell you I’m thankful. And that every night before bed I pray, beg as plead that God will protect the little lives in my home and that He would wrap us Chris and I.

I would tell you that today I enjoyed the sunshine on my toes and I am itching for a roadtrip to a beach. 

If u asked, Id tell you that you bless me- and that this blog blesses me.
Happy day friendsxoxo


February 23, 2012


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  1. Poor Pitiful Pearl

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:05 am

    love these pics.. πŸ™‚ and that teepee is so cute. where did you get it? i like that its plain!

    and yum. cake

  2. Ellie Coburn

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Precious baby boy Case. As always these posts brighten my day.

    Love ya girl!

  3. Jennifer S.

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Look at that face! So precious!

  4. Jessica @ jessicaNdesigns

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:14 am

    You are such an inspiration love! I struggle with entitlement…I pray about it all the time, that I would be aware of it, change it, be open to God to change my heart. You always inspire me to be better….God Bless you friend

  5. Sarah

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Awww this post was so heartfelt and sweet. That TP is awesome and oh my those cake pictures are precious. You are doing great =)

    – Sarah

  6. Katie

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 am

    This is so sweet! I love the practice cake!!! Those candles are so cute πŸ™‚ My little man has a teepee just like that, he loves it!

  7. Anonymous

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Yay for successful potty training! I'm sure that's quite a challenging process. I love the way you cherish your family, it reminds me that that is what really matters!

  8. Rachel

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Love the birthday practice run! Our little girl had a few of those before her first birthday party, and it was SO worth the look on her face when we sang to her πŸ™‚

  9. Nicole

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Such an sweet adorable little boy!

  10. Urban Nester

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I love how honest and real you are in your posts. It's so refreshing :]

    xo. molly

  11. Urban Nester

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I love how honest and real you are in your posts. It's so refreshing :]

    xo. molly

  12. Anonymous

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Loving the Teepee! How cute is that? I bet he's loving it too. He sure does look happy with his practice cake – what a sweet mom you are. I used to do that too when my babies were still little…I just couldn't wait to share in their happiness, so we did practice runs and gave gifts a little early sometimes…And the strawberry smell? That is the coolest thing! Your little blonde strawberry girl!

    A beautiful from-the-heart post Casey and I enjoyed reading every word…

  13. Traci

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:08 am

    That teepee is so awesome! I'm jealous πŸ˜‰ and I can relate to being awestruck by a talented husband. My mind is boggled by mine every day. It's amazing to be in the presence of people like that.

  14. Brooke Elyse

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I found your blog yesterday from Syd (over at the Daybook) and I am so glad I stumbled upon it.

    Thank you for your example and inspiration!

  15. Shannon

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I absolutely adore reading your blog. I have to say with each post I smile as I read your words. You have such a kind and loving heart and it shows. I know what it is like to have a soft heart, to pray that God blesses and keeps your littles safe. To pray that above all else your family is protected, and held. I am so thankful for this blog, it is nice to come here and read the words of a mother I can relate to.

    God bless.

  16. The Pettet's

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:22 am

    This is so beautiful Casey! Your little guy is adorable:] Thank you for your inspiration and strength. You truly bless lives! Praying for you and your wonderful family!


  17. I am LOVD

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Love the teepee – it's like it's just calling out to Aiden saying, "Come inside, adventure awaits."

  18. Ashley

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:26 am

    That teepee is awesome!! Oh and I love those candles on the cake!

  19. Mrs. Baker

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:32 am

    haha this is too cute! he looks so excited! love the teepee!!

  20. Bonnie Martin

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I love your blog! I love your sweet personality and how you are becoming so self-aware. Keep up the great work – you have so much to be thankful for!

  21. Mindy Harris

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:42 am

    this post is just so sweet. i love how your writing so eloquently encapsulizes your love for your family. and aiden's sweet pictures?? eeeee! he is so handsome.
    the teepee with lights is so cute.
    i have been on a crafting break, so don't feel bad about your painting break. brick and mortar opening SOON so i've gotta get my dimply rear in gear. love to you!!!

  22. natalia

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:47 am

    love your heart mamas. & your little man is priceless.

    thanks for the update & crazy how when the feeling entitlement is gone how much more we can enjoy every moment, relationship & blessing. that has been the heart of our family….to die to entitlement….to live in true grace & mercy & experience each blessing.


  23. Sarah-Anne

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:51 am

    The look on sweet Aiden's face over his practice cake is so CUTE!

  24. ThisLittleMomma

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I love this!! That cake looks so good and the candles look like fun!! He is such a doll Casey!!

  25. Rachael

    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Love the pictures of Aiden with his cake!! Your blog both blesses and inspires me, keep doing what you're doing:)

  26. Traveling by Grace

    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Awe, our babies are the same age!! My girlie will also be 3 on the 22nd of March! A very happy birthday to Aiden!
    P.s. can I use your "if you asked me" title for my blog too? I love it.

  27. AllyceR

    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Great post and that teepee is awesome!

  28. JessicaLynn

    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I love the teepee and that cake is gorgeous. πŸ™‚

  29. Shannon Gallegos

    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:05 am

    LOVE that teepee what an awesome gift -going to have to remember this!

  30. Nicole

    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:25 am

    ahhh we should all have practice birthdays!

    love you girl

  31. Kristy

    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:27 am

    LOVE all the pictures!! Adorable as always!! Can't wait to see you this weekend!!!!

  32. Breakfast at the Zemke's

    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I also have a thing with entitlement. I think we all feel entitled sometime in our lives but I've realized the past few years you get what you earn and it usually takes some work. And really we aren't entitled to anything cause it really all belongs to God, we are lucky to receive blessings from Him!

  33. Michele

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:09 am

    The birthday pics are adorable! My boys love that, too πŸ™‚ Your thoughts at the beginning of the post made me think about Philippians 4:11.

  34. Songbook

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Aiden and I have the same birthday! I'll send him some extra good birthday thoughts when that special day comes πŸ™‚

  35. steph nelsen

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:05 am

    word! entitlement. it so refreshing that the older i become, the more mellow i am; and also more accepting of any circumstance as not good or bad but simply "how it is." this is not to say numb or apathetic, but not such a victim of the moment…instead embracing every moment.

  36. Pause : : : Blissfully

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I have not been able to catch up on blog reading in the past couple of weeks and so have just been able to read a few of your recent ones. I have missed you so. : )

  37. Sally

    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Sweetest photos!! That Teepee looks great – what a good idea!! I know how you feel about creative seasons. Hang in there! x

  38. Fairy Baby

    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Precious precious preciooooooooous! πŸ™‚
    I love the teepee, Aiden must be over the moon! He's so cute with his wavy blonde hair & big baby blues πŸ™‚
    I'm sure he won't break any hearts though cuz he seems to be a kind soul like you Casey (and Chris as well I'm sure).
    Enjoy your little ones and know that you are all in my prayers (including the new baby A… πŸ™‚

    All the best from Belgium,

  39. β™₯ CheChe

    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:14 am

    oh wow. I think I'm jealous of Aiden. Not just because his parents are amazing!!! but because I want a teepee :(… NOT FAIR.

    Keep that in your prayers ;).


  40. Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia

    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Happy Belated Birthday to Aiden! I want a teepee too! It's absolutely wonderful! So many things to be happy about, I love your answers <3

  41. Sarah B.

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    What a great teepee!! I sense lots of fun adventures ahead :). It'll be fun to see you again this weekend – it's been too long!!

  42. Mere and the Mister

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    What a beautiful and encouraging post. You have become one of my new favorites! Blessed to read your posts every day.

  43. Kellie

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    So happy to have found your blog… love.

  44. Kaylee Hornsby

    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Casey, I just love you so much! Your blog blesses me beyond words. If you asked me, that is what I would tell you. You are loved. You are appreciated SO much. You have influenced this girl's life for the good.


  45. Kristina Streeter

    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The happiness on Aiden's face is just heart melting! πŸ™‚

  46. Heather Sullivan

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Awe, Aiden's teepee is fabulous! and we have the same birthday, he and i. It is a wonderful birthday and I seldom meet anyone with it. πŸ™‚ It sounds like your heart is happy, and happy hearts make me happy. <3

  47. Heather

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    oh my gosh! aiden's face!!! so adorable!! that teepee is precious!! looks magical. love this post, girl, love you!

  48. Lottie

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Aiden with his cake is adorable!

    And I know what you mean about taking friendships and life as they come. Sometimes I have to accept that not everyone is like me and that is ok–and now I feel so much lighter and happier.

  49. brittany.

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I love how real this post is. & that teepee! Thank you for sharing!

    xo. -Brittany.

  50. pakosta

    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    you are such a gift!

  51. The Cantelmo Family

    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Awww I love this post!!! Now I don't even remember what I was going to write because I'm now looking at how cute Aiden is with his cake!!!! Anyway you are so sweet and I beg and plead with God to take care of my family at night too!! Love ya!

  52. Karolina B-H

    February 24th, 2012 at 3:02 am

    so positive and inspirational

    about "entitlement".. I'm going through struggle now.. but it's strange when am letting it be, accepting "it" more it feels somehow later on the heart..

    btw your son is adorable πŸ™‚


  53. Abby (Diligent Joy)

    February 24th, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Aiden is so cute and I LOVE that you couldn't wait to give him his birthday present. I'm the exact same way. Once we purchase a surprise, I have to give it to Harper. I can never ever wait.

  54. Anonymous

    February 25th, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I really enjoy your "If you asked me" posts. They are great. I'm so happy for you and your family.

  55. Sarah Tucker

    February 26th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    if you asked me, i'd tell you i love your blog, and attitude. (: xoxo

  56. Heni

    February 28th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I would love to find out where you got that teepee. I've been looking for one just like that for my daughter. Would you share?

  57. karly [plums and mustard]

    March 4th, 2012 at 7:23 am

    get out of town! that hair is to DIE FOR!!! and that face is priceless!!

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